WWSF Awarded Dil Kumari Roka Magar
It is with great pleasure that we announce to you that one of the women’ group member nominated by WATCH Ms. Dil Kumari Roka Magar is selected for the 2021 WWSF Prize for women’s creativity in rural life, with an award of US US$ 1000. Ms. Dil Kumari Roka Magar is among 10 laureates chosen for the WWSF Prize in 2021. As of to-date, WWSF has awarded 472 prizewinners in over 130 countries (1994-2021). 10 women nominated by WATCH have been able to receive award until now. On the International Day of Rural Women on and around Oct. 15th).a prize awarding celebration will be held for Dil Kumari, to give credit where it’s due. For contributing to more media visibility of rural women’s contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals – Agenda 2030 – and for their important work to help advance life in rural communities. collaboration with the WWSF Prize program and WATCH wish you lots of joy and interactions with Ms. Dil Kumari Roka Magar.
Dil Kumari Roka Magar was a young woman when the Nepalese civil war broke out in 1996. At that time, after marrying at 17, she was the mother of three small children and living in the remote village of Khumil, in Rolpa. Her husband became an active combatant, soon wanted by the Nepalese security forces. After he went underground, his family, back in the village, was submitted to psycho-social and physical abuse. Forced to flee in 2004, Dil had to leave her three children with her husband’s parents. She later took up arms and joined the Maoists.
She is now engaged in Mushroom farming. She has organized a 17 member women’s group from around Dovan, Tinau Village Municipality.Palpa. The government has announced the area as ‘Organic Mushroom Farming Pocket Area’ in her initiation. She has already started organizing many women’s groups for this purpose. In the fiscal year 2076/77, (2020-20210 she took an initiation to mobilize the fund of Rupees 2.3 million from the Rural Municipality to the group. Their first effort encouraged them. The municipality has allocated 2.5 million Rs. for 2021/2022. The group has to match the fund with voluntary labour.
She is a strong advocate of raising the role of women in society as the basis of the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.